Lawn Aeration

Keeping Your Lawn at Its Best

Landscaping ServicesThe changing seasons can take a toll on your lawn, but ensuring that it stays healthy is crucial. Maintaining and caring for your lawn will guarantee that it stays lush and beautiful through the heat, dropping temperatures and any other elements that may come its way.

Lawn upkeep is a standard practice for homeowners, but one step that you want to make sure to include is aeration. Deciding to add this to your lawn care maintenance will make a lasting difference to the quality of your turf. Aerating your lawn, also known as “Core Aeration”, is the process of puncturing holes or pockets into the grass and soil so that it can better receive the nourishing and sustaining nutrients it needs. The Grounds Guys encourage you to incorporate this necessary practice in your residential lawn maintenance.

Why Should You Aerate Your Lawn?

You may be wondering what this added step in your lawn care will actually do. Understanding the benefits of aeration is essential before you begin.

What are the Benefits:

  • Healthier and more durable grass roots
  • Essential elements – water and air – are able to flow to the soil
  • Helps break up densely and highly compressed soil
  • Better fertilization
  • Helps prevent mushroom growth when the soil is less condensed and able to keep water from gathering

The process of aeration can be tedious and time consuming – consider hiring a landscaping service to help. The Grounds Guys has the best techniques and practices to make sure that your lawn care is done in a manner that is efficient and of quality.

When to Aerate?

It’s important to know the best time for aerating in order to get the results you want for maintaining your lawn to last through the changing seasons and elements. The timing is so critical, because you want to ensure that it is done when the grass is active and growing. This will produce the outcome you are hoping for – a healthy and green lawn.Core Rolling Lawn Aerator

You also need to be aware of the type of grass that is growing in your yard - when you should aerate depends on that information. If you have cool season grass, it is better to aerate in the spring and fall seasons. For warm season grass the spring through summer is the ideal time for aeration.

You can tell your lawn is in need of aeration if water is gathering and not seeping into the soil, if the soil has become thickly compressed, and if the grass and soil has lost its luster or is sparse. For thinning grass you may need further lawn treatment, but aeration can be beneficial.

How Frequently Should I Aerate?

In most cases the aeration process doesn’t have to be done often – most encourage a yearly aeration. However, if your lawn has frequent usage or high movement that may cause the grass and soil to wear down it is advised to aerate more regularly. Aeration should be a part of your yard’s spring or fall clean-up.

How to Aerate Your Lawn?

Before you tackle aeration on your own, consider calling a lawn care service like The Grounds Guys to help. There are many tips, techniques and cautions to be conscious of before, during and after an aeration. We suggest consulting with a landscaping professional to find out all necessary information.

Want an estimate of the The Grounds Guys lawn care services? Feel free to give us a call today at (888) 972-8063.

Before you Begin:

Some things to be aware of before tackling this project, include:

  • Avoid aerating if your lawn is sodden or too dry – the ideal soil is a happy medium of these two
  • You should aerate before placing any fertilization on your lawn

Prepare Your Lawn for the Aeration Process

  • Consider mowing your lawn prior to starting
  • Make note of any lawn fixtures, such as sprinklers or plumbing lines
  • Ensure that the consistency of the soil is damp (not too dry or too wet). If the ground is too dry, watering your lawn can be a quick solution

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Types of Aeration Tools

Lawn aeration is no small task - decide which aerating technique is best for you and your busy schedule. To do this you must first find the right tool to use. The different aeration methods available to you depend on the type of product you choose.

  • Spike Aerators –The tools penetrate the soil creating holes for better ventilation, but they don’t actually remove any grass and soil plugs from the ground. Consider using a garden fork, rolling aerator, Aera-vator or spiked lawn shoes for this method.
  • Core or Plug Aerators - These tools perforate the grass, taking a soil core plug from the ground. A hollow tiner aerator or tow plug aerator are solid tool options for this method.

You can decide if you would prefer to use hand held or machine powered tools – both have benefits. While machine powered can provide more lawn coverage in shorter time, manual tools are able to perform a more thoroughly focused job on a concentrated area.

After Aeration:

To get the most out of your recently aerated yard, utilize some of these practices:

  • Leave the grass and soil cores on the lawn so they can dissipate into the ground
  • Water and add fertilizer to the grass

Lawn Care Services

Once you have completed the aeration process you can enjoy a healthy, lasting lawn. Continuing your general lawn care practices are important to maintain the upkeep. We at the Grounds Guys know how much time and energy this can take from your already busy schedule – we can help.

Call us today at (888) 972-8063 to find out what landscaping services and home property maintenance we can provide to you. Plus we can supply you with a free estimate so you can plan accordingly.